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03-23-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,248
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Interesting to compare a bike to a Toyota...

Interesting to compare a bike to a Toyota Corolla.

For me that would be;

A steel frame for strength and less likely to be badly fatigued
26" wheels for strength with a freehub not freewheel...
03-21-22, 05:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,705
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Looks like 39 foot pounds is 53Nm so you are...

Looks like 39 foot pounds is 53Nm so you are pretty much mr average when it comes to your power. Is that 39 foot pounds related to the gear does it drop when you go into a high gear or is 39 the...
03-18-22, 06:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,705
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I'm not sure how I can measure my Nm. I assume it...

I'm not sure how I can measure my Nm. I assume it will be all over the place high to low and you have to work out the average over a reasonable period of time which I guess is where 50Nm comes from...
03-18-22, 06:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 515
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Some of the dumber ebike kits just have a basic...

Some of the dumber ebike kits just have a basic controller supplied with a throttle as a working system and if you want switchable power levels you have to buy an additonal display package or...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-18-22, 05:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 883
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I don't think there are any Tern factories the...

I don't think there are any Tern factories the frames and forks would be manufactured for them by various companies. Tern is just a brand and doesn't represent a certain quality level. When there was...
03-18-22, 12:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,553
Posted By Bonzo Banana

It's always important to factor in how a frame...

It's always important to factor in how a frame fatigues, it gets weaker with time and the point where it had a high level of fatigue may not be the time it breaks that could be weeks, months or even...
03-17-22, 04:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,705
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I think the average force of a human rider is...

I think the average force of a human rider is perhaps 50Nm with different people providing more or less power depending on their fitness, age etc. A hub motor might typically be around 30Nm but...
03-17-22, 04:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I personally feel the Swytch kit is over-priced...

I personally feel the Swytch kit is over-priced considering the low capacity of the battery but surely they would need to show you what they mean by metal damage? Was it incorrectly packed and...
03-17-22, 04:16 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,553
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I personally think consumers should have the...

I personally think consumers should have the right to see the original test certification for bikes. I see no reason why this information should be witheld from consumers. We can then see how close...
10-19-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Personally I would go with the larger inner tube...

Personally I would go with the larger inner tube because it should be thicker when used with the smaller tyre and therefore slightly more resistant to punctures. However it doesn't end there I pretty...
10-19-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,774
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Doesn't matter what the material it can be...

Doesn't matter what the material it can be designed strong or it can be designed light. The first bike I ever bought myself new when I was in work was a Raleigh Royal. I wanted the lightweight model...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-10-21, 01:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,056
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Very interesting frame design but I would never...

Very interesting frame design but I would never go for rear suspension on such cheap folding bikes. I think when you are buying a cheap bike keep it simple. So much to go wrong with suspension, not...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-22-21, 12:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,056
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Looking at a picture of the Downtube Nova the...

Looking at a picture of the Downtube Nova the bike looks like a very generic Chinese folding bike, nothing proprietary. You probably could replace it very easily with any similar 20" folding bike...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-22-21, 12:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,601
Posted By Bonzo Banana

You could contact the actual manufacturer rather...

You could contact the actual manufacturer rather than the importer/distributor to see what they currently fit to the bike although they may not have had recent orders for this model. I did contact...
06-18-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,895
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I'm in the UK and know very little about this...

I'm in the UK and know very little about this store but have made good use of the Sheldon Brown site. Even though I didn't know him I felt I did from his writing and wished he could have stayed with...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-02-21, 03:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,414
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Just looks like a generic chinese folding bike...

Just looks like a generic chinese folding bike with a audi sticker slapped on. Surely fake as Audi is a premium brand and that bike has very low end components.

I've got an NSU folding bike which...
04-02-21, 03:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,088
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Amazing customer service but I guess you have...

Amazing customer service but I guess you have been riding very dangerous forks for many years. Normally a recall means a significant percentage of product are unsafe and forks are one of the most...
12-07-20, 03:12 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,176
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I don't think it's quite as simple as that, road...

I don't think it's quite as simple as that, road bikes for example are pretty awful at the bottom end based on low end components like freewheels etc but then they get pretty decent with something...
11-23-20, 06:51 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,176
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Spend what you want to spend on a bike. I've had...

Spend what you want to spend on a bike. I've had great service from cheap bikes which don't have suspension. A few key cheap upgrades can transform them. It's really down to how you use the bike...
Replies: 29
Views: 10,471
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Carbon fibre frames aren't particularly durable...

Carbon fibre frames aren't particularly durable and abuse-able they are a premium low weight product. It should be pointed out that both Trek and Canyon use Quest Composites for their carbon fibre...
10-17-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,450
Posted By Bonzo Banana

You were right with your first point, it had a...

You were right with your first point, it had a truvativ compact double crankset and a 11-32T 8 speed cassette so was actually low geared and very easy up hills pretty much but lack of high speed...
10-16-20, 02:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,450
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I would definitely prioritise steel frame and...

I would definitely prioritise steel frame and forks not because they are necessarily the strongest (although often they are) but because they should give you a warning of failure which is important...
10-16-20, 01:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 448
Posted By Bonzo Banana

There are lots of 8 speed or more freewheels but...

There are lots of 8 speed or more freewheels but these tend to come from low end manufacturers. You see awful low end mountain bikes and ebikes with 8, 9 speed or even 10 speed cogsets which at first...
10-12-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,295
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Yeah that sounds reasonable. His test was just...

Yeah that sounds reasonable. His test was just going for a ride so he was likely stopping at junctions and lots of variables. Lighter bikes are easier to get up to speed, easy to push off and get...
10-12-20, 04:03 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,295
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Video here comparing two road bikes, one a heavy...

Video here comparing two road bikes, one a heavy cheap road bike with a limited 12-25 cassette but at least it is freehub based. It's groupset is mainly Claris. The bike cost 200. Another bike...
08-24-20, 02:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,535
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I think water ingress is an issue on all ebikes,...

I think water ingress is an issue on all ebikes, I've certainly seen it as a issue on mid-drive motors, Bosch etc which can be very expensive. I'm a fair weather cyclist with regards my ebike so...
Forum: Touring
08-24-20, 01:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,733
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I had no issues with the replacements which were...

I had no issues with the replacements which were Kenda and the sidewalls seemed about 3x as thick. Surely you can't just keep thinning the sidewalls without some consequence to lifespan and...
06-23-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,535
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I just use a violamart front hub motor, it was a...

I just use a violamart front hub motor, it was a very cheap package costing me about 100-110 with the battery an additional purchase. I bought a cheap s/hand mountain bike for 5, a 48V 12.5Ah...
06-18-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,535
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I know many don't like front wheel motor hubs but...

I know many don't like front wheel motor hubs but for heavier riders they don't slip and you have the advantage that you have 2 wheel drive, you can easily switch the bike back to a normal bike, you...
04-19-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,577
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I started reading this thinking it was solid...

I started reading this thinking it was solid steel forks but then I thought it was somehow they had crimped aluminium dropouts into steel forks and then at the end it turns out it was suspension...
04-01-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,848
Posted By Bonzo Banana

This might be bad advice but years ago when I...

This might be bad advice but years ago when I bought a cheap bike with naff front suspension I just bought the cheapest rigid forks I could find on ebay slapped them on and was away. It was a 26"...
03-29-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,101
Posted By Bonzo Banana

The bad walmart bikes in my opinion are the bikes...

The bad walmart bikes in my opinion are the bikes featuring suspension especially rear suspension but lots of walmart bikes don't have suspension they are just rigid frame and fork designs. I'm not...
03-25-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,101
Posted By Bonzo Banana

High end bikes are far more wasteful, the...

High end bikes are far more wasteful, the resources that go into each bike are far more, carbon fibre is far more labour intensive and expensive e-bikes have complicated motors with many proprietary...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,069
Posted By Bonzo Banana

It's all perceived quality rather than real...

It's all perceived quality rather than real quality. Most US and European brands have bicycles either fully made in Asia or just assemble mainly Asian parts including frame and forks. I've seen...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-09-20, 06:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,643
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Assuming you can change the handlebars do that...

Assuming you can change the handlebars do that for a design that allows you to move the hand grip position by angling the handlebars but if you the handlebars are welded to the top stem then you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-04-20, 03:49 AM
Replies: 354
Views: 109,243
Posted By Bonzo Banana

The industry seems to have a higher failure rate...

The industry seems to have a higher failure rate where the brand creates its own frame designs but doesn't manufacture itself. Companies like Brompton, Giant etc seem to have low failure rates...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-04-20, 02:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,091
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Raleigh do a model around 200-250 which is ok....

Raleigh do a model around 200-250 which is ok. Seems to have higher weight limits compared to many competitor's models and seems like a good option at around that price point. Only a few years ago...
02-23-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 39,301
Posted By Bonzo Banana

When you look at what he recommends it's pretty...

When you look at what he recommends it's pretty much actual manufacturers, Look, Time, Giant etc and the bikes he criticises are pretty much full importers or brands who basically have assembly...
02-10-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,895
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Personally I'd go with a donor bike and swop...

Personally I'd go with a donor bike and swop parts. You'll probably be able to find something cheap with relatively light use. Also I wouldn't have a problem with fitting Claris to the bike its a...
02-01-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,867
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Old steel mountain bikes make excellent touring...

Old steel mountain bikes make excellent touring bikes, the 26" wheels are super strong and can be loaded up quite high and the frame itself will be much stronger than a typical road bike frame. You...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-20-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 25,976
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Thats a great price for a fairly high spec...

Thats a great price for a fairly high spec folding bike. I've seen people pay much more to get a much worse folding bike than that. The frame is 6066 aluminium which might point to the real...
12-09-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 47,411
Posted By Bonzo Banana

You clearly have an elitist attitude dismissing...

You clearly have an elitist attitude dismissing just about everywhere in the world and all other price points which you have no interest in. The industry is surely a term that indicates all of the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-09-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,738
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I keep reading of problems with Bosch e-bike...

I keep reading of problems with Bosch e-bike motors which are exasperated by limiting spares availability to repair agents only and many of the parts are relatively short life including plastic/nylon...
12-02-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 47,411
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I realise this is a US focused forum so from the...

I realise this is a US focused forum so from the perspective that the US retail market specialist bike shops are gradually reducing 27.5" bikes may be correct but shouldn't extend that out to the...
12-02-19, 04:18 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 16,557
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Surely you realise that such tests are done for...

Surely you realise that such tests are done for high end lightweight frames and no one is going to put basic heavy duty frames to such a test. The cycling industry in the US and Europe and other...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-05-19, 04:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,335
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Not a fan of the mk 1 Birdy, here in the UK that...

Not a fan of the mk 1 Birdy, here in the UK that chain would get drenched in watery mud its almost dragging along the ground. Still a very interesting bike more of a curiosity to me than a good...
10-30-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 16,557
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Steel is by far the most common material for...

Steel is by far the most common material for bicycles manufactured in the world and may even be the most used in richer countries too. The average price of bicycles sold is quite low even in the...
10-22-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,108
Posted By Bonzo Banana

The first bike I ever bought new with my own...

The first bike I ever bought new with my own money was a Raleigh Royal Export, I had been planning on a different bike that was 50% more expensive at the time using lightweight tubing but I was...
10-21-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,822
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I can see many advantages of having 8 gears over...

I can see many advantages of having 8 gears over 11 gears on the cogset but those advantages are related to cost, shifting accuracy, reduced shifting while riding but surely the one clear advantage...
10-20-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,108
Posted By Bonzo Banana

There are incredibly weak italian road bikes made...

There are incredibly weak italian road bikes made of steel. They are super lightweight trying to compete with other frame materials and can only do so by using incredibly thin butted tubing and there...
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